Welcome to my new little homeschooling corner where I talk about my journey as a new homeschool mom to 2
toddlers while trying not to lose my mind. I have taken the leap of faith and decided to start homeschooling our 4 yr old preschool and tot school my 3 yr old. Let us pray!
I have wanted to homeschool since before I had children, got married, or even knew who I was going to marry. BUT, I didn’t think I would really homeschool, I more so thought “that would be cool” and that thought after that pretty much floated into the wind of far far away. Fast forward a couple years, throw in a marriage, a couple of kids, and school time and the thought and idea and desire found me once again.
When we first got the boys in foster care, we did birth to five mainly for Zion because he was a bit delayed. Then they said he might qualify for early pre-k because of his “special” needs in learning. As we went through the process the desire and thought grew stronger and stronger and so did the fear.
I PRAYED A LOT! And still do!
As I prayed about it, it was the direction that I really believed that God was pushing me towards even though I tried to justify why I couldn’t, I felt convicted to do so. So I made the decision that I would the following year.
Zion got accepted into the early PreK program and we went with it because we were only foster parents so homeschooling wasn’t an option yet and I was really trying to prepare (mentally and physically) for the following year. Well we moved away from his school in the middle of the year and long story short, I took the opportunity to start (and try) homeschooling.
And so far we love it, even with our “hard” days.
So here are some reasons and benefits to homeschool (at least for me)…
1. To be obedient. Honestly, I think the main reason I actually started is because God was nudging me too. I wanted to but I didn’t/don’t feel equipped (another blog post).
2. Togetherness. It may sound cliche or corny but I love the idea of us being together all the time. Not saying I don’t need breaks.
3. Hands-on learning/teaching. One of the main things I HATED about him going to preschool is that I didn’t know what he was learning, what they were doing, or anything! And I constantly told the teacher I wanted to know so that I can help him at home but she just didn’t get it. Now I’m the teacher!
4. Get to know your children…more. You may know your child but I don’t think you really know them until you try to teach them something. His teacher described some things but I didn’t understand until I was trying to teach. He has complete shutdowns! and get so flustered very quickly.
5. Customized Curriculum. Because of #4, it’s nice to be able to switch it up when it’s necessary. Cater to his needs.
6. Control. This can be both a good and a bad but I do enjoy having a sense of control over their environment and influences. Sometimes I struggle with the idea of some people calling me a “control freak” but I’m learning to accept people’s criticism and know that the opinions that count are God, my husband and I. I can’t please everyone and I will no longer try.
7. Flexibility. This is 2 part. First, homeschooling is not a permanent decision. I’m not sure how long I will homeschool but I do know that this is what I want to do now and where God has lead me. I do not have it all figured out but it is a work in progress. Second, it’s flexible such as we have the ability to be free. Often times we were rushing or waiting for him to get home to make a run. Either way, I enjoy not being on someone else’s watch.
These are some of the reasons why I decided to homeschool. It’s not always smooth but it has so far been rewarding to see him learn and I love our togetherness.
Here are some resources that I have started (haven’t finished yet). There written by a homeschooler called “Confessions of a Homeschooler“. If you haven’t heard of her or seen her blog, I suggest you check her out. She has a ton of info on homeschooling. I also suggest you check out these books as well.
Have you thought about homeschooling? Why or why not? Do you homeschool? How’s it going for you?
Be Blessed… India
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